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this is bbc news, the headlines at 7pm. "call off the dogs", labour mp chuka umunna issues a stark warning to labour's leadership not to hound moderates out of the party. people on low—pay wages, below what they were in 2008. they're the issues we're dealing with, not internal disputes that he's trying to invent, or referring to are party members as dogs. unacceptable. russian war planes have launched fresh strikes on the syrian province of idlib, as protesters call for international help to stop the offensive. people being harassed by cold callers will be given powers to stop them, in new measures introduced by the government today. a couple and a child have had a miraculous escape after a tube train went over the top of them at baker street station in london. and an attempt to clear plastic waste from the pacific ocean gets started today.
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for the first time ever, a 600 metre—long boom will be towed through the middle of the pacific ocean to collect plastic waste. and at 7:30pm, sportsday will bring you the latest on the fifth test where england are on top against india after some late wickets. fault lines in the labour party have opened again, after a prominent mp warned labour's leadership to "call off the dogs" and stop trying to hound moderate mps out of the party. the comments from former frontbencher chukka umunna were fiercely criticised by senior members ofjeremy corbyn‘s team, including the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell. the row comes after a number of local labour groups held
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no—confidence votes in mps who had been critical ofjeremy corbyn. however, the party's leadership says there is no campaign to force mps out. here's what chukka umunna said earlier today. my message to our leadership is clear. it is within your power to stop this. so call off the dogs, and get on with what my constituency, one of the most diverse communities in the country, demands we do. without equivocation, fight this tory brexit. that is where all of our efforts should be. in response, john mcdonnell said the comments were unacceptable. stop throwing yourself in front of tv cameras, inventing stories, and get out there and start campaigning for a labour government. unite with the rest of the party, because what we want is a labour government as soon as possible. right across the country, there are 5,000 people sleeping rough, a million people without social care,
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our nhs in crisis, people on low—pay wages below what they were in 2008. they're the issues we're dealing with, not internal disputes that he's trying to invent, or referring to are party members as dogs. unacceptable. let's talk now to the labour mp clive lewis, who spent the day today with the shadow chancellor in nottinghamshire. ifa if a centreleft mp feels that the leadership of that behaviour is pushing him off, he feels it is pushing him off, he feels it is pushing them out of the party, it's irrefutable, he can't just pushing them out of the party, it's irrefutable, he can'tjust be... you have to look at what is happening here. this is not happy —— come from leadership, but a party from which over the last three years, evidence of our parliamentary labour party have spent the past three years operating a scorched earth policy. they're trashing the brand, and i think after three years of that, after three years of trying to
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undermine the leadership of democratically elected leaders, some members are at the end of their tether. i have heard this described as call off the dogs, which i think is an unacceptable term to call members, and you can understand why some are upset that, but the other thing here is that these people have not been going around aggressively, banging on their doors and grabbing him by the bells. they have gone into a room, put in a motion, they have had a very polite debate, raised their hands, a vote has been taken, and a motion saying that we are unhappy with your performance, step up, that is taking place. that isa step up, that is taking place. that is a quintessentially english way of saying after three years of quite these divisions, we are unhappy with what you're doing. get behind the leadership, let's get this tory government out, and move forward together. that is what people are saying in his boat. it is the very activities not —— no—confidence votes creating more tension and
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distracting from the party's saying of the government to account, and raising its concerns? i wish chuka umunna and the others had considered that over the past three years. we are not a masonic lodge run by elli, we are a democratic party. i cannot say to them to not do this and wag your finger at say to them to not do this and wag yourfinger at them, they say to them to not do this and wag your finger at them, they have spent three years watching this unfold, and after three years, and a very polite manner, they have before it's a motion saying that we are unhappy with weight is the way you are performing, get behind this party and support the democratically elected leadership. i think it is very acceptable, very fair, no one is being punished. it is a simple matter of democracy, and i think those mps should listen to it and say that they hear you, let's get behind this leadership and get the
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story government out. it is a very simple message. can you see an end to this infighting, this seeming civil war that is going on between the labour party? i can, i think the vast majority of labour mps, in speaking to some colleagues back in parliament this week, i think the vast majority of them are tired of this and they want to move forward. we have had three years of this, and i think the country is bored of it, i'm bored of it, and i think most of oui’ i'm bored of it, and i think most of our membership is bored of that. we wa nt to our membership is bored of that. we want to move forward, so there's an opportunity now, given where we are right now as a country, given the state the government is in and who are leading us, i think people can understand there is a once in a generation chance to have a labour government in power changing our economy for the long—term, and i think that is something people now understand and want to get behind. thank you very much, clyde lewis. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:20pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are france 2a 5 uk correspondent & president
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of the foreign press association, benedicte paviot, and the economic adviser ruth lea. syrian and russian warplanes have continued their bombing of rebel positions in the syrian province of idlib. the united nations has warned of a new humanitarian crisis if syria and its russian allies launch an all—out military offensive. idlib is the last major rebel stronghold in the north of the country. thousands of civilians are trapped in the area, and turkey says it's can't accommodate any more refugees who may flee across the border. 0ur middle east correspondent yollande knell reports. today in the idlib countryside. the full—scale offensive here hasn't yet started, but these were powerful blasts. syrian government helicopters dropping barrels packed with explosives. and after each strike, the white helmets civil defence rushing in, searching for survivors.
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with the fate of idlib hanging in the balance, its residents are taking to the streets. desperately calling for international intervention to prevent a deadly government offensive in this rebel held area. but president assad, surveying territory already recaptured by his forces, now looks on course to win back all of syria, supported by russia and iran. his troops amassing on the borders of idlib, and insist they'll drive out the islamist militants they see as terrorists. and although rebel fighters are preparing for battle, they look set to be massively outgunned. some residents fled idlib early on in the war, as refugees here in lebanon, they can see the hills that lead to home, and they worry about family left behind. translation: they're telling us it's terrible, tragic. they don't know what
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to do or where to go. it's hard. maybe they will get hit as they're running away. the situation has been terrible there for a long time. among the latest targets, a village hospital, completely destroyed. fortunately, it was empty when the bomb hit. now with syrian and russian warplanes still in action and the skies overhead, there is a growing sense that the seven—year—old war that has killed hundreds of thousands is reaching its final stages. yollande knell, bbc news, beirut. new powers come into force today designed to stop nuisance calls from personal injury and claim management firms. you'll now need to opt in to allow companies to contact you. businesses that don't comply could face a fine of half a million pounds. manuela saragosa has the details. for many of us, cold calls are a daily torment. hello?
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the financial conduct authority says some 2.7 billion nuisance calls texts and e—mails were made over the past year. that works out to be about 50 calls, texts and e—mails sent to every single adult in the country. many are made by companies offering to settle personal injury claims, or to claim back ppi, payment protection insurance. but, from now on, these companies will have to check first that the recipient has explicitly agreed to receive those calls and messages. companies that don't could face a fine of up to £500,000, and people are encouraged to report them to the ico, the information commissioner's office. some companies will see the new change in law and i think they will desist from the activity. when they don't, i'm afraid people are going to have to complain. the ico does need the information from people about these calls, and she will then tackle, use her powers and, slowly but surely, we will get on top of it and they will completely cease. campaigners say the new rules
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do not go far enough. they will not, for example, stop calls from fraudsters and note, too, that firms based overseas are not covered. the issue of consent, they argue, is a red herring and they would prefer to see the authorities rule that unsolicited direct marketing calls are not a legitimate way of doing business. manuela saragosa, bbc news. david hickson is from the fair telecoms campaign, who are calling for an end to cold calling. when i hear things at this, i can't help but feel like we've heard this before, they will climb down on it. i still get the nuisance calls, and they often come from a withheld number so you can't block or reported. exactly, the government have had many goes of trying to punch out the regime, which has been in place for 15 years now, the same regime we had today is the one that
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was introduced in 2003, following exactly the same rules with tiny little tweaks. this has been true for everyone since 2003. if you walked out... if it's a text message oi’ walked out... if it's a text message or automated call, the rule about opting out has been in since 2003, all that has changed today is that there is one small category which is not covered by the automatic opt out, and the government have closed that gap, but only for one category of call. we are in an absurd situation, we have to accept that the business of selling things to people on their phones and personal mobiles is not acceptable way to do business. but will this make any difference? it will perhaps make a tiny bit of difference, and i'm trying to be generous here, because it isa trying to be generous here, because it is a small step in the right direction. but frankly, the size of
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the step is against... i can say the gulf that needs to be bridged is pathetic. the effect that has on people, the persistence, it can be so people, the persistence, it can be so frustrating. the government seems to hold to an idea which other people are campaigning against nuisance calls, there are some circumstances under which it is legitimate to make an unsolicited, unrequested direct market call to somebody. there are some people who think that can be legitimate, but we say to come up to the regulators who control these businesses, not the data protection issue, but the business regulation issue, which falls to bodies like the financial conduct authority, and off, and respective telecoms, these regulators must come and explain to people why they permit these practises to go ahead when they could stop it. it is not a data
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protection issue, it is a business process issue. that said, something i've personally noticed is that more and more of the calls are coming from international numbers, which presumably, whatever the government does here, they cannot clamp down easily at all. if it is aged -- genuine business operating overseas, that would be true. but if it is simply an international call centre, marketing on behalf of somebody based on the uk, or with the claims management, but commonly happens is it's not the claims management company that calls you, it is what we call a lead farmer, a company was trying to find people. they get the details, and then legitimately sell those details onto a uk company. if these uk companies are regulated properly, they would be prohibited
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from accepting leads from whatever source that would generous —— were generated by cold calling. that is the way we need to attack this problem, forget the data protection issue, although that must be done separately, but simply prohibit the practise of cold calling or using leads generated by cold —— cold calling, bite the generators of this world. thank you so much for your thoughts, david. it's emerged that a russian exile who was murdered in britain last march believed that two men from moscow had tried to poison him five years earlier. nikolai glushkov, a former deputy director of the russian airline, aeroflot, was found apparently strangled at his home in south—west london. his death came a week after the former—spy, sergei skripal and his daughter, yulia, were poisoned in salisbury. the police have now re—opened their investigation into the incident in 2013, in which mr glushkov was apparently taken ill after drinking champagne with two russian men. a former trump campaign adviser has been jailed for 14 days, for lying to fbi agents
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investigating alleged collusion with russia. george papadopoulos, who admitted the offence, was also ordered to do 200 hours of community service and pay a fine of $9,500. papadopoulos is the first former member of the trump election team to plead guilty to offences during the 2016 presidential campaign. john mcmanus reports. this is the former adviser to president donald trump who is now swapping the white house for the jailhouse. george papadopoulos' crime? he admitted lying to fbi investigators who are looking into allegations that russia interfered in the us election. mr pa padopoulos' role began in early 2016, when the trump presidential campaign signed him up as a foreign policy adviser. when mr papadopoulos was questioned by officers investigating alleged collusion between russia and the trump campaign, he said he had met individuals with ties to russia before he worked for the president.
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in fact, he had met them after that point and it's this lie, which he pleaded guilty to, which has led to his sentence of 1a days injail. 0utside court, mr papadopoulos' lawyer said his client had acted stupidly by following the president's line on the russia investigation. he was tweeting seven days before george was interviewed, and he's the president of the united states, that based on all of his information, i would assume, that this was a witch—hunt and that it was fake news that russia had meddled in the election. donald trump has always denied ever seeking help from the kremlin to win the election, and his reaction to the sentencing was typically bluff, complaining about the cost. but this investigation is worrying the white house. no evidence of russian collision has so far been revealed, but several people close to the president have been found guilty of various other crimes. john mcmanus, bbc news.
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the headlines on bbc news. labour mp chuka umunna has accused jeremy corbyn of driving centre—left mps like himself out of the party. russian war planes have launched fresh strikes on rebel—held positions in the syrian province of idlib, as protesters call for international help to stop the offensive. companies can no longer make cold calls unless a claimant has opted in to receive them. companies can no longer make cold calls unless a claimant has claims management companies that break the rules will face large fines. and coming up, a 600 metre—long boom which will be towed through the middle of the pacific ocean to collect plastic waste. sweden's prime minister has urged voters to reject extremism and fascism on the final day of general election campaigning. stefan lofven said that supporting the far—right
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sweden democrats party, who are forecast to win around 20% of the vote, was "dangerous" and "counterproductive". neither his centre—left social democrats nor the main centre—right party is likely to win a majority. let's talk to christian christensen, a professor ofjournalism at stockholm university who has written about the attitudes in sweden towards this election. good to have you with us. ijust wonder, where has this come from? was as expected or for scene, the rise of this party? 0r was as expected or for scene, the rise of this party? or has it seemingly out of nowhere? rise of this party? or has it seemingly out of nowhere ?m rise of this party? or has it seemingly out of nowhere? it has been expected, people in sweden going back to 2006, when the sweden democrats narrowly got not elected in the parliament, the 2010—14, we have seen the steady rise of this party. here in sweden, they have had this level around 20% for three yea rs this level around 20% for three years now, this is nothing shocking.
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it is shocking in the long—term if you told people 15 years ago this would be the case, they would balk. but there is nothing unexpected about what we're seeing. what are the factors that have led to the pa rty‘s the factors that have led to the party's rise with yellow? a lot of it has been about immigration and crime, but they rose to parliament eight years ago. the crime levels, whatever we have been discussing the last two years, were necessarily the case eight years ago. it is a sense may be that the parties are not addressing immigration, and also there's the basic sentiment of a rise against him —— immigrants. in sweden, the criticism has been that the mainstream parties have not been addressing the question of immigration to sufficient levels, thus allowing the sweden democrats to ta ke thus allowing the sweden democrats to take over. has the forecast of the success they're likely to have in this election, has it shifted the debate generally further to the
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right in the campaign? what you notice is about 11—5 months ago, almost every single party, including the social democrats, begin to take a much harder time making immigration. and i think that whether or not as productive as a different issue. political scientists have indicated that going further right to attract voters can alienate a party's car. the sweden democrats taking over this question of immigration has shifted the debate to the right. and in terms of theissues debate to the right. and in terms of the issues dominating the election, it would be easy to bash easy to conclude from what we have set so far is that immigration is front and centre. is that the case? is an overstatement, a new call came out earlier saying that the climate is the number one concern for many swedes. why the sweden democrats are pulling around 20%, that means for out of five people will not be voting for them, 80% will be voting
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for other parties. and of the 80%, the majority do not want the parties that they vote for going to a coalition with them. so the notion that immigration and crime has taken over the swedish political system, that its dominant and the main thing most people are concerned about, while the numbers are certainly different than they were 5—10 years ago, the notion that there is a tidal wave of sentiment is not necessarily the case. there are certainly other issues like school and the environment out in full drove the summer. thank you very much for your time. a mother and child who accidentally fell on to a tube track moments before a train arrived, have escaped unhurt, after they moved into a pit under the track. police said the woman was pushing a buggy along a platform at baker street station in london, when she veered too close to the edge and fell. emergency services swarm around baker street station last night.
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people who saw what happened were screaming and running away in tears. suddenly alarms started going off, and all the members of staff were running around the place, yelling. i was on the escalators going down to the platform when a number of staff we re the platform when a number of staff were running down the escalators yelling at people to get out. were running down the escalators yelling at people to get outm were running down the escalators yelling at people to get out. it was on this platform where the family had their miraculous escape. distracted by the arrivals board, the mother fell off the platform, along with her child in a buggy. her partnerjumped along with her child in a buggy. her partner jumped down to along with her child in a buggy. her partnerjumped down to help, and the three managed to crawl into into the shallow pit under the rails. the whole point about the pits, which people cowered whole point about the pits, which people cowe red underneath whole point about the pits, which people cowered underneath the train, is that they were built precisely for this eventuality. so the people who designed the tube more than 100 years ago realised that people might fault onto the tracks, and that they might be able to hide underneath the train in the pit. and that's what it
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did, it did itsjob. train in the pit. and that's what it did, it did its job. attracts's electric current was shut down, and the family managed to escape. they we re the family managed to escape. they were taken to hospital, but amazingly did not suffer any serious injuries. transport for london says it is believed the family managed to escape unharmed after the accident here last night, but says it emphasises the need for people to stay behind the yellow line on its platform. 0n social media, witnesses we re platform. 0n social media, witnesses were expressing their shock and relief about what happened. a near miss which could've been a horrifying tragedy. gallagher, bbc news. —— charlie gallagher, bbc news. one person has been arrested in barnsley after a man was stabbed in the town centre. police were called to the area this morning, and a number of shops remain closed. the victim suffered minor injuries. tributes have been paid to the us rapper, mac miller, who's died after an apparent drug overdose. the 26—year—old, who's real name was malcolm mccormick, was found at his home near los angeles. he rose to fame after topping the us charts with his debut album in 2011.
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earlier this year, the musician went through a well—publicised break—up with his long—term girlfriend, the singer ariana grande. mac miller's friend and fellow musician, pittsburgh slim, was totally shocked by the news. he was a great, great kid. a great kid. nobody had anything bad to say about him, you can see by the reaction on twitter. it's too much. really, drugs just aren't cool, and i don't know what happened, nobody does at this point. i just came to drop some flowers and separate for him, that's all you can do. and in the next hour i'll be talking to the bbc radio 1xtra dj semtex who was one of the first djs to interview mac miller in the uk. a massive operation to scoop plastic waste from the middle of the pacific ocean is being launched today. a 600—metre long device will be towed out from california, as jenny kumah reports.
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sights like this have shocked people all over the world. the damage to wildlife has inspired a bold project with an ambitious goal, to rid the ocean of plastic. and this is the structure that will help to do it. it's been built in san francisco and is launching from there today. it will travel to an area in the eastern pacific known as the great garbage patch, where currents trap plastic. if we don't do it now, all this plastic will start breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, and the smaller the pieces are, the more harmful and harder to extract from the marine environment. so we feel there is a sense of urgency. so how will it work? a giant tube, 600 metres long, will float on the surface in the shape of a horseshoe. over time, the plastic should gather in a small area and then can be taken out. underwater, a barrier will hang three metres down and trap
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plastic below the surface. it is meant to allow fish to swim underneath it. but some experts worry that the system can harm wildlife. our major concern is for those passive floaters, rather than fish, mammals, plankton, jelly fish, for example. they simply cannot get out of the way of this, they are going to be crammed into this and not be able to escape. the plan is to start with one collection device and eventually deploy 60. the people behind the project estimate a full roll—out will clean up half of the great pacific garbage patch in five years. jenny kumah, bbc news. mae dorricott is a marine biologist, who's been researching the affects of plastic waste pollution in oceans. shejoins me via webcam. good to have you with us. this is a good move? i think it is a really bold and brave move, it is simply
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innovative. anything to try to clean up innovative. anything to try to clean up the plastic in the sea cannot be a bad thing. there are of question marks involving around it, because it has never been done before. but there is so much plastic in the seas that this is really needed right now. of course, this is something that treats the symptoms, rather than deals with the root cause. is there a danger that if people see this and it is successful, people think it is not a big problem because it can be solved by dragging something through the ocean? you nailed it on the head, that is my exact worry. i think that this is pa rt exact worry. i think that this is part of the solution, and you can't keep on cleaning up the mess if we keep on cleaning up the mess if we keep putting plastic in the sea. the main solution to plastic pollution in general is cutting plastic from the source, from us using it every single day. and i think that we
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should see this as a kick—start for every individual to say that if they are trying to clean up the seas for us are trying to clean up the seas for us for future generations, then we should make an effort ourselves and every choice that we make in our day—to—day lives. every choice that we make in our day-to-day lives. some critics of this plan say there is a risk that sea life, like plankton and jell—o fish will get caught up in this? yeah. i don't know, i don't think anyone really knows right now. in the garbage patch itself, a study was taken the garbage patch itself, a study was ta ken around the garbage patch itself, a study was taken around 2003 that said that there was onelb of plankton and zoo plankton to every sixlb of plastic. i don't know how they can sift through that and disseminate between those different types of things, plastic and plankton, but then again we have to at least try. this is the first photo tribe, it's not the whole fleet just yet, this first photo tribe, it's not the whole fleetjust yet, this is just
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an experiment —— prototype. it will be really cool to see what happens. if this goes well, as well is the sort of thing being done again, what more do you think should be done?” think there are so many facets with plastic pollution that need to be targeted, and i think you can work on all ranges, from the bottom up, individuals taking action from plotting —— cutting out plastic from their day—to—day lives. and if we do that and make a strong enough message, then the government will start to realise that they have to start to realise that they have to start taking things on a policy basis, and making the bigger corporations change their habits. yeah. thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich.


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